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Foreign students

The Admission Announcement for the Academic Year 2018/2019 will be available in June-July. The Admission Announcement for the current Academic Year (2017/2018) can be downloaded here. Next year only minor date changes will be introduced.
The course is entirely taught in English and is addressed to students with a background in basic disciplines such as Cell Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Mathematics and Physics. During the MBG Master Course, besides following the courses and passing the exams, students will carry out a scientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member. The experimental work will result into a Dissertation (Master of Sciences) that will represent an essential component of the Course programme.
Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology or related life science programme from a foreign university have to undergo a pre-evaluation of their qualifications and have to pass the admission test. The admission test can take place any time via Skype, or in Pavia on September 25, 2018. There are no deadlines for the application for the Skype interview. The exact date of the admission test in Pavia will be published in June-July together with the Admission Announcement.
Knowledge of English should correspond to at least B1 level of the Common European Framework (CEF). The knowledge of the English language will be verified during the admission test.
Pre-evaluation of qualification 
The following procedure might change slightly with the publication of the Admission Announcement for the Academic Year 2018-2019. 
1. Send a scan of the following documents to the e-mail address mbg@unipv.it :
a. Your curriculum vitae,
b. Your academic transcript supplied by your university with a list of the exams taken during the first degree with marks for individual exams taken and numbers of credits (or study hours). Total score of your degree should also be included together with an explanation of the evaluation system. If you have more than one degree, you can send more than one transcript.
c. Your passport,

Please prepare files only in pdfjpg or docx format. The subject of the e-mail should be "Pre-evaluation of qualification of (insert your NAME and SURNAME)".

2. You will receive the results of the pre-evaluation within 5 working days .
3. If your qualifications are suitable, you will be asked to take the admission test.
Admission test application
Before submitting the online application for admission test, you have to prepare the following documents to be uploaded:
a. Scan of your academic transcript (see above).
b. Scan of the Diploma supplied by your university;
c. Curriculum vitae;
d. Scan of your passport;
e. A copy of payment receipt of the fee for the participation to the admission test. The receipt must be written in English, Italian, French or Spanish language, no other language will be accepted.
The application for admission test is online.
In the application form you will find two choices for the admission test:
  1. Via Skype.The Skype interview can take place any time. There are no deadlines for the application for the Skype interview. If you chose this admission test, you will receive an e-mail with the schedule of the appointment. The Skype test is an interview in English language concerning basic concepts in Biology. We strongly suggest to refresh your memory on basic concepts in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
  2. In Pavia. The admission test in Pavia will take place on September 25, 2018, at 10.00 am,in classroom A4 (Engineering Department) at Polo Cravino, via Ferrata 5, Pavia. The test will be an interview in English language concerning basic concepts in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology. 
To apply please click here.
Students who successfully passed the admission test will be issued with an Admission Letter.
Students who passed the admission test and have been issued all documents required for enrolment by the Italian diplomatic authority will have to enrol to the University of Pavia in October 1-15, 2018.
Late enrollments are also accepted until March 1, 2019, upon the payment of an additional 82 € fee
Detailed information concerning the enrolment procedures for the next Academic Year (2018/2019) will be reported in the Admission Announcement that will be published at page http://mbg.unipv.it/?pagina=p&id=72 .
To receive assistance for any problem found during the enrolment please send an e-mail to matricole.scientifiche@unipv.it .
STUDENT VISA APPLICATION (extra-European students only)
Students from abroad who want to enrol in an Italian University need an official recognition by an official Italian authority in their home country of the equality of their qualification to the Italian one.
Students from extra-European countries must request a student VISA to the Italian authority in their country. Students should contact the Italian Embassy in their country as early as possible and ask information about student VISA application procedures. The deadline for the pre-application to our university will be on July 24, 2018. For more precise information please contact the Italian Representative in your country. You can search the address and phone number of the Italian Representative in your country at this page ( click here ).
Important notice for extra-European students: the deadline for pre-evaluation and application for the admission test in Pavia will be on September 2018. The admission test in Pavia will take place on September 2018. The deadline for enrolment will be in October 2018. The precise period in which students will be able to enroll will be published together with the Admission Announcement. However, students from extra-European countries who want to come to Italy need a VISA. VISA application and university application are two completely independent procedures. Students from extra-European countries are encouraged to apply for pre-evaluation and admission test as soon as possible even if they did not obtain a VISA from the Italian embassy. However, they will not be able to enrol at the university if they do not have a VISA.
The University MUST receive the amount of 35 €, therefore bank expenses must be entirely paid by the student and will not be covered by the University of Pavia. IMPORTANT: students who make bank transfers from outside the EU must pay attention to select the OUR code in the field related to the bank operation costs and not the SHARE code. If the SHARE code is selected, the payment will be incomplete and we will have to ask you to integrate the missing amount by making a second bank transfer.
The payment must be made by bank transfer to: UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA – SERVIZIO TESORERIA c/o UBI - Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria IBAN IT 38 H 03111 11300 000000046566, SWIFT: BLOPIT22776 .
Payment details must be clearly indicated as follows:"PARTECIPAZIONE AL COLLOQUIO DI AMMISSIONE AL CORSO DI LAUREA MAGISTRALE IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS – ANNO ACCADEMICO 2018/2019" (Fee for admission test – Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics – Academic Year 2018/2019). Send a copy of payment receipt in English, Italian, French or Spanish. No other language will be accepted. A portal allowing payment through Master Card is under preparation.
Payments through Western Union are also accepted. 

Students can also apply for individual courses, for additional information see here 


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